The nation’s best college cowboys and cowgirls from eleven different regions are in Casper for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) at the Casper Events Center.

Tonight - Thursday, June 19 is Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the CNFR. Wear your pink in support of cancer awareness. There will be a variety of pink items available for sale during the trade show on the concourse of the Casper Events Center.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams.

Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA's 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR. The top three students in each event, and top two men's and women's teams from the NIRA's 11 regions will qualify for the CNFR.

The “Bulls, Broncs and Breakaway,” performance will be Sunday, June 15 at 1:00 pm. Slack will be held on the mornings of Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 am. Evening performances begin at 7:00 pm, including the Saturday Championship Round.

Tickets for Bulls and Broncs and Slack Rounds are $8 General Admission. Evening performances are $10 General Admission, $20 Reserved Seating (Rows 14-21), and $25 Box Seats (Rows 4-13). Season Tickets are $60 General Admission, $110 Reserved Seats, $130 Box Seats. Tickets On-Sale now at the Casper Events Center Box Office. Charge-by-Phone at 307-577-3030 or 800-442-2256 or online at www.CasperEventsCenter.com.

You are invited to visit the NIRA’s web page: www.collegerodeo.com or www.CNFR.com for more info on the NIRA and the CNFR.